February 2014

Kraut Rocks! Quick Pickled Red Cabbage

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Region German
This crisp kraut is a quick alternative to fermented sauerkraut, and is a delicious use of red cabbage.


  • 1 head red cabbage (Thinly sliced)
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 tablespoons Vinagre de Banyuls ((Sherry vinegar can be substituted))
  • 3 tablespoons Ratto's Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Small salt & pepper


Feel free to experiment with spices. We love the pure caraway flavor, but you could easily change this up for a little more flair.


Step 1
Combine all ingredients except cabbage in a saucepan
Step 2
Bring to a boil, then simmer and reduce for about 3 minutes
Step 3
Pour hot dressing over cabbage in a bowl & toss
Step 4
Serve immediately or save for later

Happy Valentines, Happy Happy Valentines!

Do you know how you will treat yours? We’ve got the bubbles, we’ve got the chocolates, we’ve got the cinnamon, ginger, vanilla beans, saffron, truffle oil… HELLO aphrodisiacs! Plus some hand made, heart-inspired laser crafted Valentine cards and  jewelry.

Get the necessities for a memorable aperitif, meal, and dessert… .

We love you, too!


We visited our newest Popuphood neighbors, The Floracultural Society, and they told us about their fun Valentines Pop-Up, this Wednesday February 12, from 4-7 pm. Pick up your Ratto’s Valentines groceries, then join them for some shopping. We heart our neighborhood!

Vocalist Mary D’Orazi, Pianist Michael Hauser and Drummer Greg German

Sample wine and nibbles with Oscar

If you love live jazz, wine and good eats, come to Ratto’s this Saturday, February 8th, when vocalist Mary D’Orazi and drummer Greg German  join house pianist Michael Hauser from 12:30-3:00. They’ll perform some great jazz standards as well as some Brazilian tunes.

Oscar will also be here sampling wine, olive oil, cheese, salumi and other Italian treats! He’s also bringing a duffel bag full of gourmet prizes. You could be the lucky winner of something yummy & Italian!